Events in October 2019
The Middle Yarra Frog Census
Banyule Flats Reserve, Viewbank
7:00pm - 9:00pm
Nillumbik, Banyule and Manningham Councils and Melbourne Water are joining forces for a night of frogging along our Yarra River billabongs.
Join expert guided walks, learn Frogging 101, help collect data for the Frog Census citizen science project and meet live frogs up close.
Discover why frogs are threatened and what you can do to help. Family friendly event, supervised kids frog activities throughout the event.
Register now: https://www.trybooking.com/book/event?eid=524500
Contact: Melbourne Water
Mullum Mullum Creek Waterbug Census
Yarran Dheran Nature Reserve Visitors Centre Ashburton Drive Mitcham VIC 3132
10:00am - 2:00pm
Join our Waterwatch team and freshwater ecologist, John Gooderham for a citizen science survey of the aquatic macroinvertebrate animals (or ‘waterbugs’) that live in Mullum Mullum Creek. No previous experience required, the training day will cover: Why we are interested in macroinvertebrates Collecting and identifying live macroinvertebrates (using the Agreed Level Taxonomy process).
Lunch included, please specify any dietary requirements when booking. Please wear enclosed flat-soled shoes, long pants and clothing appropriate to the weather.
This event supports the National Waterbug Blitz, Australia’s first nationwide, citizen science, waterway monitoring event. Over spring, Australians are encouraged to discover how healthy their local waterways and wetlands are, simply by exploring and identifying what waterbugs live in them. Data collected will contribute to Melbourne Water's Waterbug Census biodiversity records and to the National Waterbug Blitz.
This event will be followed by a presentation from 2.00 PM - 3.00 PM on the Mullum Mullum Creek and the waterbugs we have found there.
Please note, this training is best suited to young adult and adult participants - it does involve identifying waterbugs in some detail.
Free - registration essential.
Registration via link below:
Contact: Melbourne Water Corporation
National Waterbug Blitz: Moorabool Waterbugs
10:00am - 1:00pm
Come along to this National Waterbug Blitz to learn about waterbugs, pick up some new skills and enjoy a morning on the Moorabool River with Golden Plains Shire Environment team and the Corangamite CMA
The National Waterbug Blitz is Australia’s first nationwide, citizen science, waterway monitoring event. In spring each year, Australians are encouraged to discover how healthy their local waterways and wetlands are, simply by exploring and identifying what waterbugs live in them.
For more information and to register: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/moorabool-waterbugs-tickets-73388363571
This is a free event on the Moorabool River, featuring Ecologist John Gooderham, and is especially suitable to people new to waterbugsContact: Kristen Lees | Phone: 0408384016
National Waterbug Blitz: Waterbugs in Paradise
12:00am - 12:00am
Bring out the citizen scientist in you and seek out the superb Otway stonefly larvae from the delightful Barham River in Apollo Bay. You will be part of a scientific survey at four sites over two days.
This activity provides training to citizen scientists who want to dive deeper into waterbug ID. Attend one or two days.
All Waterwatch and EstuaryWatch events are free but an RSVP is required.Contact: Corangamite CMA | Phone: 03 5232 9100
The Upper Yarra Frog Census
Haining Farm, Don Valley
7:30pm - 9:00pm
Frogs play an important role in the waterway ecosystem and are easily affected by changes to their environment. Get involved in our community frog monitoring program, and collect data to help us manage frog populations and raise awareness of waterway health issues (Melbourne Water - Frog Census).
As the Haining Farm redevelopment into a future park help us get a baseline data of species on site. New emphemeral wetlands and habitat cells have provided more opprtiuntunities for frog habitat. Join us with a frog specialist from Melbourne Water. Numbers are limited due to the nature of the activity.
Brought to you in partnership with Greening Australia
The Great Curdies Perch Search
Timboon Trestle Bridge, Curdies River, Timboon-Camperdown Rail Trail, Timboon
10:00am - 1:00pm
Join us on the banks of the Curdies River at Timboon for the Great Curdies Perch Search!
In the morning you will learn about eDNA sampling, and then head out to collect water samples from the Curdies River to detect the eDNA of Yarra Pygmy Perch.
Environmental DNA or eDNA is genetic material collected from the environment (such as water, soil or snow) that can be used to detect the presence of rare or cryptic (hard to find) species.
The Yarra Pygmy Perch is a species both cryptic and rare! This small-bodied native fish is vulnerable to extinction due to habitat loss, invasive species and reduced flows in our rivers.
The data you collect in the Curdies Perch Search will enable the Corangamite CMA to map refuge sites for Yarra Pygmy Perch and help us improve species protection through targeted waterway restoration.
So join us in the Great Curdies Perch Search to learn all about eDNA and take part in an eDNA field survey!
All Waterwatch and EstuaryWatch events are free but an RSVP is required: https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/the-great-curdies-perch-search-tickets-71316506591Contact: Corangamite CMA | Phone: 03 5232 9100
WATERBUG COMMUNITY SAMPLING
Merri Creek, Coburg North
10:00am - 1:00pm
Macroinvertebrates (water bugs) are very important for the health of the waterway. They are a key part of the food chain and can tell us about the health of the ecosystem.
Join Merri Creek Management Committee for our spring Waterbug sampling session as we collect data on waterbug diversity for Melbourne Water project priorities. The session will cover:
- sampling and collecting of waterbugs
- identifying live waterbugs to Family level and sometimes beyond!
- Collecting information that will be part of the annual National Waterbug Blitz!
- lunch provided
*please note: previous experience with macroinvertebrate identification is ideal (basic is fine).
Merri Creek, 250 metres upstream end of Keady Street Coburg North. Parking on Keady Street or bike ride to site via Merri trail.
Cost – FREE
Bookings essential- www.mcmc.org.au
(please include any dietary requirements)
For more Waterbug Census information and to go along to other free training workshop visit: www.melbournewater.com.au/WaterbugCensusContact: Melbourne Water